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Brown Bay Trees

Hi All,


We have a couple of lollipop bay trees that got forgotten over winter and not taken in.

The frost and wind seems to have done some horrible damage, and I am not sure if they are going to be ok, or what is best to do with them.

They have got some green, specifically the lower part of the branches, and I took a very thin slither into the trunk and it is very green and looks healthy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    I'm afraid they look seriously dead to me. image

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569

    Water them, maybe give them a nitrogen feed, put them somewhere warm and sheltered and hope for the best. You never know. If they do survive though they'll probably shoot from the root rather than the branches, so I expect you'll either have dead standards or live bushes. If you want lollipops, you'll have to start all over again or buy new ones

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • I've lost one planted out in the garden this winter! I'm blaming my cat whom appears to have been using it as a scratching post for the last 4 years

  • Thanks all. I'll keep them going and see what happens, but I think you're right, they need to be replaced.

    Sorry Rhod, my cat is bad too, but luckily not with the trees etc, just the wood store image

    Have a good evening all of you.


  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,189

    Don't give up! I had one that looked like that and when it hadn't produced any leaves by June I gave up and bought replacements but was too inefficient to get rid of the original. The following spring it burst back into life and is not fine and healthy looking.

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